Apple Joins Thurgood Marshall College Fund In Offering Scholarships To Help Diversify Silicon Valley
Lord knows Silicon Valley needs a tan.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has opened the application process for the Apple HBCU Scholars program to help increase diversity in the tech pipeline.
The program includes 30 scholarships awarded during the recipient’s senior year, an internship at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino and mentorship from Apple employees. The scholarship program is open to students in their final year of study from all of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI)
Denise Young Smith, the vice president of Worldwide Human Resources at Apple Inc., and a graduate of Grambling State University in Louisiana, said that the program is about opening opportunities to students from HBCUs to careers in the technology sector.
In a recent press release she stated “We’re big believers that innovation will be strongest when talented people from diverse backgrounds are part of the creative process,” said Smith. “That’s why we’re so proud to be partnering with TMCF to help us find the next generation of innovators.”
If successful, this program could serve as a pattern for other tech companies to emulate and drastically increase the pipeline of students getting experience in tech.
We can’t wait to see some of the brilliant minds who get a chance to flourish as a result of this scholarship!
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